The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

January 17, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013


Gina Adkins

Gina Ann Adkins, 39, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 6, 2013, at home.

Born Jan. 21, 1973, at Montgomery, she was the daughter of the late Gracie Mae Adkins.

Gina was a homemaker.

Surviving: daughters, Andrea Hanshew and Melissa Slaughter; son, Timothy Fischer; grandchildren, Hailey Hanshew, Joshua Hanshew II and Waylon Thorn; brothers, Ronnie Adkins and John Adkins; and step-dad, Grover Carter.

A private service was held and she was cremated. Burial will be in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, at a later date.

Online condolences may be made at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.



Irene Beni

Irene Beni, 93, of Fayetteville, died Jan. 14, 2013, surrounded by family.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Oak Hill United Methodist Church, followed by private burial graveside rites at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, with Dr. Charles Miller officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the New River Humane Society; PO Box 955; Fayetteville, WV  25840.     

Online condolences may be made at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.



William Cyrus Cooke Jr.

William Cyrus Cooke Jr., 69, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 13, 2013, at the Beckley VAMC.

Born May 3, 1943, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late William Cyrus Cooke Sr., and Ella Marie (Burgess) Cooke. William also was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Jennings.

He served in the U.S. Air Force.

He worked as an office business manager for a trucking and shipping company.

Surviving: his son, John “Billy” Cooke of Richmond, Va.; brothers, Charles Cooke of Oak Hill and Russell Cooke of Clarksburg; and sisters, Fonda Thomas and her husband, Tom, of Richmond, and Adrian Goff and her companion, Dick, of Fayetteville.

Funeral service was Jan. 15 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. David Edwards officiating. Interment followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Steve Grzyb

Steve Grzyb, 93, of Beaver, formerly of Oak Hill, died Jan. 12, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Graveside rites and committal services will be Friday, Jan. 18, at 2:15 p.m. at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill with Chaplin Bryan Knight WVANG officiating and with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post #3110. Burial will follow.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill Friday from noon to 2 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Gracie Marie Holcomb

Gracie Marie Holcomb, 85, of Ansted, died Jan. 10, 2013, at Ansted Center, following a long illness.

She was born Dec. 4, 1927, daughter of the late Mac Bennett and Nora Tilley Bennett. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Holcomb; and brothers, Jimmy, Andrew and Fred.

Gracie was a member of Antioch Baptist Church of Sugar Creek and a homemaker.

Surviving: daughter, Sheila Mae Sparks of Oklahoma; sons, Ernest, William, Paul, Johnny and Oscar Holcomb, all of Ansted; sisters, Jannie Williams, Daphney Thomas, Joan and Macy; brother, Floyd; 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Jan. 12 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Jesse Smith officiating. Burial followed in Sugar Creek Cemetery in Ansted.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.



Clark Davis Johnson Jr.

Clark Davis Johnson Jr., 82, of Kincaid, died Jan. 8, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Dec. 22, 1930, at Page, he was the son of the late Clark Davis Sr. and Octavia Suttle Johnson.

He was a retired meter reader for the Page-Kincaid PSD.

Surviving: his wife, Aretta May Myers Johnson; a brother, Johnny N. Johnson of Pea Ridge; a nephew, Michael Johnson of Pea Ridge; and nieces, Billie Jean Rader and Sharon Wise.

Graveside rites and committal, followed by burial, were Jan. 11 at Kincaid Cemetery in Kincaid, with Rev. Richie Hannah officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Merida Lee Sexton Legg

Merida Lee Sexton Legg, 87, of Scarbro, died Jan. 9, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center, after a long illness.

Merida was born May 4, 1925, at Whitesburg, Ky., the daughter of the late Clara Huckabee Sexton Barnhart and Merida Sexton. In addition to her parents, Merida was preceded in death by her husband, Fred L. Legg; her brother, Bulis (Boots) Sexton and his wife, Opal Sexton; her brother Estel Sexton; and great–grandchildren, Karson Boggs and Isacc Boggs.

Merida attended school in Layland and later worked at the Layland Company Store. While in Layland, she delighted in dancing and driving around in the car her brother, Estel, had left in her keeping while he was away at war.

In 1945 she was swept off her feet by the love of her life, the handsome Marine, Fred Lucian Legg. After marrying, Fred and Merida lived mainly in Oak Hill, while raising their two sons, Freddie and Wayne. In 1973 they moved to a farm on the top of Plum Orchard Lake Road and started what would become White Oak Farm and a clan of Leggs.

After Fred’s early death in 1977, Merida was surrounded by the love of her devoted sons and their families through the ensuing years.

Merida lived by the Biblical principles of never saying an unkind word about anyone and maintaining an unwavering childlike faith in God through Jesus Christ as Savior.

Merida’s amazing gift as a “baby whisperer” was legendary; fussy babies calmed almost magically in her arms.

Surviving: her sons, Freddie Lee Legg and wife Becky of Scarbro, and Terry Wayne Legg and wife Mary Lou of Scarbro; granddaughter, Shauna Boggs and husband Michael of Scarbro; grandson, Aaron Legg of Scarbro; grandson, Erik Legg and wife Cindy of Huntington; grandson, Phillip Legg and wife Lori of Scarbro; grandson, Kace Legg and wife Jade of Beckley; 15 great-grandchildren, Logan, Connor, and Dalton Boggs, Alle Rae Legg, Andrew, Justin, Phillip James, and Derik Legg, Preston, Kade, Gage, Cole, and Ashton Legg, Avery and Kamden Legg; a special sister-in-law, Edna Sexton of Oak Hill; brothers-in law, Daniel Legg and wife Becky of Bradley, and Bobby Legg and wife Polly of Beckley; several nieces and nephews; and her faithful caregivers and friends, Ruth King and Lila Holliday.

Funeral services were Jan. 12, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Rudell Bloomfield officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



James Gordon Lively Jr.

James Gordon Lively Jr., 55, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 13, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Dec. 31, 1957, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., he was the son of James Gordon Lively Sr. and Carol Jean Pack Lively of Oak Hill.

A brother, Philip Glen Lively, preceded him in death on Aug. 11, 2012.

He was a retired assembler for Ford Motor Company in Norfolk, Va., and was a Protestant.

Surviving, in addition to his parents: a daughter, Bobbie Lynn Lively; and sisters, Pamela Clark and husband Eugene of Birmingham, Ala., and Rhonda Skinner and husband David of Surry, Va.

Mr. Lively was cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



James Tommy Miller

James Tommy Miller, 88, of Hico, died Jan. 13, 2013, following a long illness.

Tommy was born June 11, 1924, in Powellton, a son of the late Isaac Clarence Miller and Lena Garnet Walker Miller.

Tommy was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a member of Ansted VFW, Gideons and the Masonic Lodge of Ansted.

He was a retired insurance agent for Nationwide Insurance Company and a member of Ansted Baptist Church of Ansted.

Surviving: his wife, Janet; daughters, Vicki Eades and Jack of Mt. Nebo, and Janice Fleming and Denver of Kimberly; sons, James Ray Miller and Kathi of Ansted, Daniel Lane Miller and Tena of Kingsland, Ga., and Ronald DePugh of Kimberly; sisters, Helen Winebrenner of Gauley Bridge, and Emogene Pierson of Taylors, N.C.; brothers, C. Sam Miller of Oak Hill, Don Miller and Judy of Ansted, and Kenneth Miller of Weaversville, N.C.; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Jan. 16 at Ansted Baptist Church in Ansted with Pastor Jack Eades, James Miller and Pastor Doug Eades officiating. Entombment followed at the Chapel of Rest Mausoleum in Victor.

Please make donations to the Gideons, c/o Darrell Garcia, 311 Porter Street, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.



Paul D. Morris

Paul D. Morris, 90, of Fayetteville, died at home Jan. 10, 2013.

Born Nov. 2, 1922, in Duck, he was the son of the late Mose R. and Bessie Maude Jarvis Morris. He also was preceded in death by his daughter, Donna Jean Thomas; grandson, Paul Leslie (P.J.) Thomas; brothers, Thurl, Harold, David and Arlis; half-brothers, William (Bill) Morris and Anise Morris; sister, Geraldine Shafer; and half-sister, Pauline Vanhorn.

Paul was a good Christian man.  He allowed the Alta Church of God to hold their services in his basement until the actual church was built. He has attended many churches in the surrounding communities. He dearly loved God and his family.

He was a World War II veteran, retired coal miner, and a carpenter.

Surviving: his wife, Eva M. Humphrey Morris of Fayetteville; son, Paul L. Morris of Charleston; daughter, Shirley (Woodie) Patrick of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Benjamin (Skeeter) Thomas, Bruce Krise, Jeffrey Krise, Lisa Spoerer and Monica Krise; half-sister, Louise Morris; great-grandchildren, Luke Jarrett, Casey Jarrett, Jayde Jarrett and Ashley Thomas; and great-great-grandchildren, Jayson and Zachary.

Funeral service was Jan. 14 at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, with Rev. J.W. Hill officiating. Burial followed in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Online condolences may be sent at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.



Gene Edward Nicholas

Gene Edward Nicholas, 74, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 10, 2013, at Hilltop Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hilltop, while surrounded by his family.

Born Sept. 2, 1938, at Kilsyth, he was the son of the late Alfred William and Lorena Craddock Nicholas.

Gene loved hunting and fishing and had an interest in trains.

Surviving: wife, Carolyn Yvonne Vass Nicholas; daughter, Alisa Nicholas of Oak Hill; sisters, Pearl Burgess of Oak Hill and Norma Tyler of Sandston, Va.; and grandchildren, Christina Ayers, Tamara Chittum and husband Joel, Erica Ayers and Bryan Bryant.

Funeral services were Jan. 13 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Pastor Bill McClung officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Aretta Mae ‘Teddy’ O’Dell

Aretta Mae “Teddy” O’Dell, 59, of Hico, formerly of Richwood, died Jan. 12, 2013.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Ron George Sr. and Pastor Ron George Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain View Memorial Park, Richwood.

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Inc., Richwood.



Philip Todd Ridenour

Philip Todd Ridenour, 43, of Hico, died Jan. 8, 2013, in Charleston.

Todd was born March 6, 1969, in Montgomery, and was the son of Gary and Becky Cooper Massey of Kimberly and Philip and Dorrie Ridenour of Cape Coral, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Alan Massey, and grandparents, HV Peck and Mary Ridenour and John Cooper.

Todd was a 1987 graduate of Valley High School in Smithers, where he played football.

He was an avid outdoorsman, and he loved to hunt and fish with his brothers, nephews and friends. He enjoyed taking long rides on a Harley on a sunny day.

He was a die-hard Kansas City Chiefs fan, and a Ford-Roush racing fan.

He was a licensed master electrician employed by Raleigh Mine Supply.

Surviving: his wife, the love of his life, Tammy Isaacs Ridenour; children, Jessica Ridenour of Beckley and granddaughter Karsyn Bird, and son, Ryan Isaacs of Hico; sister, Staci and husband Greg Boggs of Victor; brothers, Shane Ridenour and his wife, Lesley, of Winfield, and Dale Massey and his wife, Brandy, of Trussville, Ala.; nieces and nephews, Cameron, Griffin, Victoria Boggs, Nicolas and Nathanael Ridenour, Hannah and Ally Massey, Logan and Connor Massey, Christian and Patience Isaacs, Cyrus, Brody, Ryleigh and Kyleigh Jackson, Savannah and Michael Keeney; his grandmother, Erma Grose of Smithers; mother- and father-in-law, Pat and Barbara Isaacs of Hico; sisters-in-law, Tara Isaacs Jackson, Staci Kenney and Stephanie Isaacs of Hico; and many loving uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

A celebration of Todd’s life was held Jan. 13 at Sunday Road Baptist Church in Hico, with Pastor Alan Donaldson officiating. Burial followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.odellfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.



Lena Lucille Minnich Smith

Lena Lucille Minnich Smith, 89, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 7, 2013, at Hilltop Center.

Born July 8, 1923 at Minden, she was the daughter of the late William Edward Minnich and Lena Pearl (Spencer) Minnich. Lena also was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Olan Smith; her only daughter, Janet Pearl Faw; brothers, Bill Minnich and Ray Minnich; and sisters, Dorothy Flinner and Fay Piotrowski.

Lena retired from the Beckley Manufacturing Plant where she worked many years as a technician assembling parts for televisions, radios, and electronics.

Surviving: sister, Loretta Tennant and her husband, Sonny, of Oak Hill; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was Jan. 11 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Jerry Bush and Rev. David Edwards officiating. Interment followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Freda Yvonne Young

Freda Yvonne Young, 74, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 3, 2013, in the Bowers Hospice House following a long illness.

Born July 14, 1938 in Pax, she was the daughter of the late Earl Shrewsbury and Ada Mae Snuffer Batten. She also was preceded in death by her brother, Earl Shrewsbury; her sister, Myrtle Moses; and a grandchild, Little Jon Young.

Freda was a homemaker, a beloved mother to her children and she dearly loved her family.

She was a devout Christian who lived her life for her Savior Jesus. She attended Gatewood Brethren Church on Gatewood Road.

Surviving: her husband, Hoy Marlin Young Sr.; her children, Hoy M. Young Jr., Kevin J. Young, Elizabeth A. Cole and Jonathan A. Young; grandchildren, Joshua Young, Jeremiah Young, Samantha Young, Destiny Laird, Sarai Young and Hannah Cole; and a host of nieces and nephews and beloved friends.

In keeping with her wishes, Freda will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.